This Week In Geek 4/16

Cover of Worlds of Dungeons and Dragons #1
Cover of Worlds of Dungeons and Dragons #1
Cover of Annihilation #6

Welcome back to This Week in Geek, your weekly guide to the wilds of a new comic day and where I try to give you a little insight into what nerds, like myself, are reading and collecting.

This week feels like the calm before the storm. As loyal readers may recall, Marvel’s summer crossover event, “Secret Invasion” began two weeks ago and nothing will ever be the same for the Marvel heroes. Countdown #2 hits this week and that means only two weeks until DC ships their summer event “Final Crisis.” For now it’s quiet….the sun is slowly rising on another Wednesday, the NHL playoffs are playing out on some fifth tier cable network, the Cubs are off to a shaky start, the Pope is in the States and… its new comics day yet again.

Annihilation: Conquest #6, Marvel Comics, Written by Abnett and Lanning; art by Wellington Alves and Tom Raney.
For the past few months I have been ranting about Marvel space comics, which is odd for me. I’ve never cared about Marvel’s cosmic heroes until Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning created the Annihilation storyline. After Annihilation Book 1, Giffen left Marvel to return to DC but Abnett and Lanning continued the Annihilation storyline with Annihilation: Conquest. After the Fantastic Four villain Annihilis failed in his conquest of the universe, the Phalanx, a techno-organic race similar to Star Trek’s Borg, decided to take a shot at conquest with the help of Avenger’s foe Ultron. Issue #6 is the final installment of Conquest and has been more good cosmic fun starring all of your favorite Marvel Space heroes. Well, all of them but ROM the Space Knight. How is it we can get a good Rocket Raccoon storyline but Marvel can’t figure out a way to bring ROM back?

Worlds of Dungeons and Dragons, Devil’s Due, Written by R.A.Salvatore, Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman; art by Nick Sehley and Neil Klied.
Not to be confused with the “World of Warcraft” but having a conspicuously similar title, Salvatore’s new DnD comic should follow in the footsteps of his previous Dragonlace and Forgotten Realms stories and sell out immediately. I have never read Salvatore’s stuff, but have sold past issues to fans for entirely too much money mere months after the comics release. For some reason, even though they sell very well, retailers are hesitant to order big numbers of DnD comics. Consequently, a smaller company like Devil’s Due prints smaller runs of their comics leading to quick sellouts and instant collector’s items. Salvatore’s status as being both a New York Times bestselling author and one of the most successful fantasy authors working today has made his transition to comics a smooth one and brought a lot of his novel-reading fans to comic shops.

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, Welcome to the Jungle, Dabel Bros, Written by Jim Butcher; art by Adrian Syaif.
Another NY Times Bestselling author throws his hat into the ring as Jim Butcher brings Harry Dreseden, the star of his novels and the Sci-Fi Network hit “The Dresden Files”, to comics. Welcome to the Jungle follows the adventures of Dresden, a detective and magician that specializes in paranormal cases, as he investigates a death at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Think Kolchak the Night Stalker, only sexier and with magic powers. “The Dresden Files” is another comic that will be woefully under-ordered and a lot of fun to read. Watch for this comic to disappear very quickly. Usually I don’t get excited about comic adaptations of TV shows with a couple of exceptions (“Buffy” and “Serenity” most notably.) The reason I’m excited for “Dresden” is because, like “Buffy” the comic is written by the series creator.

Great posts in the forums last week! Keep them coming. Here’s hoping my Cubbies can turn it around tonight in Cincinnati. In the meantime feel free to post to the forum topics in the comic books community and tell me what you’re reading/collecting.

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